Double victory for China at Asian Nations Chess Cup

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China won the gold medals in both the open and women's sections at the Asian Team Championship in Zaozhuang, Shandong (China). The tournament lasted 9 rounds and included some of the strongest Asian chess players such as Wang Hao, Krishnan Saskiran, Le Quang Liem, Li Chao, Harikrishna Pentala and Wang Yue.

Best of the Asian nations: China 1, with L-R Li Chao, Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi and Wang Hao | Photo by Fan Lulu

Event Asian Nations Chess Cup | Chess-resultsPGN via TWIC
DatesMay 17th-26th, 2012
LocationZaozhuang, Shandong, China
System9-round, teams
Players

Top players included Wang Hao, Sasikiran Krishnan, Le Quang Liem, Li Chao, Harikrishna Pentala, Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Gupta Abhijeet and Negi Parimarjan

The Asian Nations Chess Cup took place May 19-26 in Zaozhuang, Shandong, China with both an open section and a women section. The open section included 14 teams which played 9 rounds. After beating Iraq 4-0 and Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5, China 1 (the host country played with two teams) met its first real opponent in the third round. The match against India was a fierce fight, and eventually ended in 2-2 with four decisive games:

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The playing hall of the Asian Nations Cup

China 1 won all other matches in the remainder of the tournament. The toughest was in round 5 against Vietnam, which was decided on board 3:

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India won the silver medals because they played 2-2 in two other matches: against China 2 and against Vietnam. The second team from China in fact finished a point ahead of Vietnam to take bronze.

Asian Nations Chess Cup 2012 | Final standings

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames+=-TB1TB2TB3TB4TB5
11 China 1CHN 198101728.50178.75271.0
22 IndiaIND96301526.50146.25239.0
34 China 2CHN 295311323.50102.75174.0
43 VietnamVIE95221225.5080.00180.5
56 IranIRI95131122.5068.25145.0
67 SingaporeSIN95041022.0051.50128.0
712 IndonesiaINA94231020.0048.7594.0
85 KazakhstanKAZ9414917.5081.75155.5
99 IraqIRQ9414917.0041.5070.0
108 MongoliaMGL9324817.5068.25138.0
1111 KoreaKOR9216513.5012.5052.0
1210 YemenYEM9216511.0013.7534.0
1313 Hong KongHKG910825.501.5024.0
1414 ChineseTaipeiTPE900901.500.000.0

The women's section went even better for China: their first team won all their matches while their second team edged out India on tiebreak to clinch the silver medals.

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